Pride at Montrose event abruptly cancelled by the CPD

Mon. June 27, 2016 6:50 AM by Windy City Media Group

Chicago, IL - As the 47th annual Pride Parade was winding down in Lakeview June 26, Pride at Montrose was just getting started.

Hundreds were walking towards Uptown's Cricket Hill for what is advertised as "Chicago's most vibrant Pride event."

There, they found relief from the sun underneath lines of trees and basked in the aroma from an array of family barbeques set up in the shadow of a massive stage while waiting for performances by DJ Gemini Jones, Audio Jack, DJ Tess, GUCCIROXX, Derrick Carter, Ruff N Stuff, Kaycee Ortiz, Darling Sheer, Kiara Lanier, Otis Mack and Terry D'Mor.

Alongside a message of unity, the Health Village manned by organizations including The Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, the Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago House, AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and their #PrEP4Love campaign and Affinity Community Services among others demonstrated that personal wellness was just as essential.

Then, shortly after 1 p.m., the Chicago Police Department (CPD) showed up.

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